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7 accused in Rohtak Nepali woman rape and murder case sentenced to death

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NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday sentenced seven men to death after they were indicted the rape and murder of a Nepali woman suffering from mental illness, reports said.

Rohtak Court announced death by hanging to 7 accused in the case. A minor accused in the case is being tried in a juvenile court while a ninth suspect had committed suicide earlier.

After hearing arguments over the quantum of punishment, additional district and sessions judge Seema Singhal also imposed a fine of Rs 1.75 lakh each on the convicts, Padam, Pawan, Sunil, Sarwar, Rajesh, Sunil and Manbir, all in their twenties.

“Besides a judicial officer, I am also a human being and can hear the cry of the victim. Women are still facing crime and discrimination from males in our society and we still see gender bias in our system, but the judgment should send a strong message to the people and that is the need of the hour,” justice Singhal said.

A 28-year-old Nepali woman staying with her sister in Rohtak went missing on February 1. She was receiving treatment for mental illness at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Her mutilated body was found on February 4; the post-mortem report said pieces of condom and a stick was also found in her private parts. Her head had been bashed in, her private part; rectum and anus were all ruptured.

When the body was discovered, its two hands and left half of the body were missing.

“I got relief from the court’s decision, but the soul of my sister will rest in peace when the accused will be hanged to death,” the victim’s sister said after the verdict.

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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders concerned have demanded a law related to same-sex marriage in the context when the Nepal’s constitution and laws have accepted the concept of marital equality.

At an interaction program held with media about the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation by an organization named Yubalaya here Sunday, the demand came as a prompt need of the time by the people concerned.

The complaint of homosexuals was that they were deprived of marriage by choice in the absence of the legalization of same-sex marriage which according to them is the deprivation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Blue Diamond Society Program Officer Anuj Peter said though the constitution has promised to make special provisions for protection, empowerment or development of gender and sexual minorities, such vows are yet to be executed in practice.

Peter, who identifies himself as a homosexual, shares that he has been legally denied to marry a man of his choice.

Yubalaya Chair Sabin Singh highlighted the need of support from media and civil society to address the issue of gender identity and sexual minorities regarding same-sex marriage law.

The participants of the program put their queries about marital equality, broader sexual education and safe abortion.

As told by the Society, to date, 30 countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage and endorsed a law towards that end and the Netherlands was the first country to legalize it in the end of 2000.

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